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The president plays a wide variety of key roles in this movie. He demonstrates legislative leadership by working to pass a crime bill. Another role he demonstrated is commander and chief when he gives the order to bomb Libya. The president also exercises his role as a foreign policy leader by having a dinner with the French president. During the movie, the presidential election is coming up soon, so the president attends fundraising parties, which is an example of political party leader.
Interest group are groups of people with a common interest that seek to influence political leaders that affect laws. In the movie, the interest group GDC hires Sydney Ellen Wade to lobby the government for a reduction in fossil fuels by 20%. She does this by providing compelling statistics that may persuade congressmen and cabinet members towards increased regulation on fossil fuels. If successful, interest groups and lobbyist have a significant affect on the American culture. In the movie, the media plays an important role by exposing the president’s personal life.
As the president starts to fall in love with Sydney, the opposing party uses this to hopefully gain votes. They do this by finding anything and everything that Sydney has done wrong in her life. After a few days of searching, they finally find Sydney taking part in a protest where she was caught burning an American Flag. The opposing political party exposes this to the media. The media makes it known to the public that Sydney committed such an act.
Once the American people realize this, they change their opinion based on someone involved in his personal ife. As a result, the president’s popularity declines dramatically which affects his political influence. In movies such as The American President, aspects of our political system are depicted accurately. The president in the movie demonstrates many key roles of our president today. The GDC, an interest group, is trying to have legislators approve a bill in-favor of their beliefs. There is also the media that exposes the president’s personal life to the public. All of these elements represent our modern political system.
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